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." one of the great political debates in washington and around the country has been whether barack obama is a highly partisan democrat bent on liberal agenda or a centrist searching for compromise. it's still early in his second term, but he's recently made moves that seem to answer the question. obama could easily choose a partisan strategy that would be politically effective. don't make deals with the republicans on immigration or entitlement reform and go into the 2014 congressional elections with those problems still alive. with no deal, democrats could campaign as the guardians of medicare and advocates of immigration reform, both electoral winners. that's why some democratic senators have begun to make demands well beyond what republicans can accept. but obama has chosen the second path. two weeks ago, as soon as a group of republican and democratic senators joined forces behind a unified approach to immigration reform, obama signaled his support for it. and this week in urging congress not to allow the so-called sequestration process to force spending cuts, the white house said th
. how will president obama challenge republicans and seek common ground all at the same time? >>> and replacing the pope. with the holy father's sudden resignation, how do they pick the new one? soo good morning, i'm zoraida sambol sambolin. >> and i'm john berman with more breaking news just ahead. >>> north korea sending shock waves through the ground and around the world with its third test of an atomic test. this morning the white house is responding and allies in asia are calling emergency meetings as well. north korea's state-run news agency has announced, quote, they have success lil conducted a third underground nuclear test at a northern test site within that country. this after new york seismologists picked up a 5.1 earthquake in north crey a mile underground in the same area where they conducted two previous tests. the big question this morning how strong was the blast and how close is north korea to making a bomb that it can sell or launch. what does this mean for north korea's nuclear program? there are a lot of skeptics who say they do not have the capability to
this? >> soledad, obviously president obama is condemning this, calling it highly provocative. he issued a statement and said north korea's nuclear weapons and bollistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and he continued the u.s. remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region. obviously ther obvious obviously, there is grave concern. the north koreans are saying they have a different type of weapon, more sophisticated, more powerful. what is happening right now is that the u.s. and international organizations are monitoring what they -- what they can from this test. they are sending the united states, sending planes aloft and what they do, they have sensors on them, and they try to sniff the air in a way and figure out exactly what kind of explosion that was. because there are a couple of different types of explosions, and depending on that, we could find out how much they can do of testing in the future and perhaps create a bomb. soleda
and now state of the union attendee. >> barack obama becomes the president in november again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> reporter: remember that? nra board member ted nugent tonight sitting just feet away from victims of gun violence. >> these are all legal guns and i'm going to see they remain legal because they're all good. >>> and the cruise from hell. >> it's a big mess. there's no power, there's no toilets, there's no food. it's like a bunch of savages. >> reporter: a carnival cruise anything but for thousands of people stranded in the middle of the gulf of mexico this morning. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. it felt like an earthquake but this morning the truth is even more jolting. overnight north korea once again defied the world and detonated a nuclear bomb today, in rare solidarity world leaders are condemning that test and at this minute diplomats from the world's most powerful nations are meeting behind closed doors at the united nations. cnn's anna koren is in seoul, south
. president obama is warning of dire consequences for all of us in lawmakers don't act quickly. we're talking about those forced budget cuts that take effect march 1st, slashing $85 billion from spending across the board this year. but with just ten days left, the consequences are backing more alarming. president obama outlined some of them today, told congress, let's make a deal while there is still some time. >> my door is open. i've put tough cuts and reforms on the table. i am willing to work with anybody to get this job done. none of us will get 100% of what we want. but nobody should want these cuts to go through because the last thing our families can afford right now is pain imposed unnecessarily by partisan recklessness and ideological rigid tea here in washington. visually, the president tried to make that point by having law enforcement officers standing behind him. many of them could lose their jobs. our joe johns is covering that with the different ways that the budget cuts could directly affect you. we also have renee marsh covering the potential cut and how it kol affect the fo
with president obama's very public attempt to pressure congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep
unharmed. >>> his vacation now over, president obama diving right back into the world of washington politics. in the next hour, the president is scheduled to speak about those automatic spending cuts, set to take place next friday unless congress tankes some sor of action. christine romans joins me to break down how we could potentially feel these cuts if something isn't done. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the first question is what is the sequester, this wonky, horrible budget washington word you keep hearing. it's a fancy word for budget cuts, forced budget cuts. you could also think of the sequester as the "or else." last year it was decided we had to get our budget deficit under control, democrats and republicans together, or else, or else we would have these draconian spending cuts start the beginning part of this year. they didn't get their budget act together and this is the or else, the big budget cuts that are automatically going to happen. it's really frustrating, carol, because this was never -- these were never supposed to happen. this was supposed to be somethin
to grow that access and and one of the things that obama care does is grow that access. we have to build that system. we will leave it there. >> i have to go. come back, again, all of you. thank you. >>> and thank you for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. head to cnn.com/sotu for analysis and the extras. if you missed any part of today's show, find us on itunes. just search state of the union. fareed zakaria "gps" is next for our viewers here in the united states. >>> this is "gps the global public square." welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world, i'm fareed zakaria. >>> it's oscar time. the annual academy awards. many of the nominated films have raised crucial issues about american foreign policy, from the war against al qaeda to the efficacy of torture to our policy against iran. we will talk about these issues confronting us in real life with a panel including the former director of the cia michael hayden. also, iran might be moving toward a nuclear weapon but it seems to be coming apart internally with political infighting that ma
presidential candidate possible marco rubio will give the republican response to president obama's state of the union address next week. at this, he'll deliver his response in both english and spanish. let's discuss what's going on in our strategy session. joining us, the democratic strategist, paul begala and alex castellanos. alex, what does that say to you that the senators have picked marco rubio? [ speaking in spanish ] >> i think it's a great idea that they are putting him up against a new generation of democrat. barack obama moved the ball forward for democrats and now you're seeing the next generation of republicans step up. he's one of our most talented republicans but also represents new ideas. he's what we would call a bottom up republican. grow the economy up from the bottom up, not top down. >> the fact that he's going to do it in spanish as well, that will appeal to some latinos and hispanics out there? >> absolutely. it's a terrific choice. he's an outstanding speaker. i've seen him speak and he is powerful and mesmerizing. but i think he's made two different primaries. fi
. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile, alabama, originally headed to a port in mexico but strong currents pushed it 90 miles north. want to bring in bret nutt. his wife is on the ship. he's been talking to her. you and i talked yes
nose and carrying out his threat to test a nuclear device. in a direct jab at the obama administration, north korea warns quote, if the u.s. continues with their hostility, it would be inevitable to continuously conduct a stronger second or third measure. president obama quick to react calling the test, quote, highly provocative. it is seen as a new challenge to mr. obama's efforts to keep the north from becoming a full-blown nuclear power. china, north's main ally, also criticizing this test, as does russia, as does south korea, as does japan and many others. >>> president obama to give the state of the union address tonight. we know what one of his bombshells will be. cnn's jake tapper breaking the news. the president will announce by this time next year 34,000 american troops will be home from afghanistan. that's about half of all of the u.s. troops, who are currently in afghanistan right now. >>> the senate armed services committee will vote today on the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. mr. hagel has encountered strong opposition from some members. but his nominatio
. for two reasons, ali. first of all, president obama is in the sweet spot of his presidency, the moment of maximum leverage that occurs for a president right after re-election. basically around 18 months at the start of a second term where a president can push through almost anything he wants. second of all, he's positioned to pull a nixon in china. just as only a committed anti-communist like nixon could go to china, someone like a pragmatic aggressive like president obama could appeal to his base and still get tough entitlement cuts through as part of a grand bargain. this is a moment of rare opportunity but it takes presidential leadership and that, frankly, has been lacking. >> one approach that republicans have put forward is the idea of a balanced budget amendment. >> the real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending $1 trillion more than it takes in every year. that's why we need a balanced budget amendment. >> republicans, margaret, are not blameless in this, bush era tax cuts, wars in afghanistan and iraq are major drivers. the spending cuts that a balanced bu
that access and one thing president obama does is grow that access in our nation. people will be able to get help when they need it and we're going to build that system. >> i have to go. come back, again, all of you. thank you. >>> and thank you for watching state of the union. i'm candy crowley in washington. head to cnn.com/sotu for analysis and the extras. if you missed any part of today's show, find us on itunes. just search state of the union. fareed zakaria "gps" is next for our viewers here in the united states. >>> this is "gps the global public square." welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world,ium i'm fareed zakaria. >>> it's oscar time. raised issues about foreign policy. to the efficacy of torture to our policy towards iran. we'll talk abut all these issues still confronting us in real life with the terrific panel including the former director of the cia, michael hayden. >>> iran might be moving towards a nuclear weapon, but seems to becoming apart internally with political in fighting that makes washington look civilized by comparison. we'll ask two expert
back on capitol hill. president obama meanwhile welcomed the nation's governors to the white house. but is anybody looking for a real compromise that will avoid the chaos scheduled to hit this friday? our search for answers begins with our national political correspondent jim acosta. what's the latest, jim? >> reporter: wolf, if anything, both sides sound like they are digging in. the white house is accusing republicans of putting schools and the health of young children at risk. meanwhile, the republicans are accusing the obama administration of trying to scare people. >> welcome, everybody. >> reporter: speaking to a meeting of the nation's governors, president obama said if congress wants to stop those forced spending cuts that start going into effect at the end of the week, lawmakers better do something about it. >> these cuts do not have to happen. congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise. >> reporter: to get congress in the spirit of compromise, the white house is warning what's about to be cut on a state by state level. 1,200 teacher and aide j
, president obama challenged congress to vote on proposals to get weapons of war off our streets. but will it happen? can it happen? we'll talk to a world leader who made it happen in his nation. >>> then, larry summers on how to create jobs in america. the former treasury secretary on how the president can achieve the goals he laid out for the economy. >>> then, many worry that the world's second largest economy is headed for a crash. a rare inside look at the inner workings of the chinese economy. what's really happening there? >>> also, what in the world will get north korea to end its nuclear ambitions? i'll give you my plan. but, first, here's my take. president obama's state of the union address presented an expanded vision of smart government to create jobs and revive the economy. it had many important ideas in it. yet, he lowered his sights on the single policy that would both jump start the economy in the short term and create the conditions for long-term growth. infrastructure spending, having tried several times to propose infrastructure bills of around $50 billion, ju
are draconian, the rules will simply make it be effective. >> to hear president obama tell it the sky will fall when the forced spending cuts kick in. so is the white house hyping the impact or not? we'll talk about that and more when we come back. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. [ slap! ] [ slap! slap! slap! slap! ] ow! ow! [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums [ male announcer ] engine light on? come to meineke now for a free code scan read and you'll say...my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> president obama clearly wants all of us to be very worried about the budget axe that is about to fall. he warns that a lot of people will lose their jobs if forced spending cuts are allowed to take effect days from now. and says that many more americans will suffer at least in some way. listen to a make mash-up of his latest attempt to light a fire under congress. >> meat cleaver
run up the score. >> but clearly president obama has an agenda. >> we, the people -- >> and it's one that he wants to get as many of those touchdown scored on those plays that he wants to run as possible. >> a republican party hampered by too many penalties. >> if you dawdle, you get a penalty. they need to be moving the ball down the field. >> when george allen looks at pro quarterback colin kaepernick he. >> he didn't go to top ten team, passed over in the draft by many other teams and now here he is with an extraordinary talent leading the 49ers into the super bowl and he's my pick to be the mvp. >> he sees florida republican senator marco rubio. >> he ran for the u.s. senate. he was running against the governor in his own party. so, it was kind of a, you know, insurgent upstart approach to have the temerity to actually think that he could knock off the governor, which he, obviously, did for the nomination and won. >> despite the similarities, allen has a clear preference. his book jacket notes, the reason you like sports more than politics is because sports makes sense and
sometime after president obama's state of the union address. >>> and add "the washington post" to the list of u.s. newspapers coming under attack from chinese hackers. just this week "the new york times," bloomberg news, and "the wall street journal" all reported their computers had been compromised. security experts say china started targeting american news organizations in 2008 to monitor their coverage of chinese issues. >>> the next hour of the cnn "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. getting close to the top of the hour and topping the news right now, officials in alabama say the man holding a boy hostage in an underground bunker is allowing the delivery of potato chips, toys, and medicine. jinly lee dykes grabbed the 5-year-old boy from a school bus saturday after fatally shooting the driver. funeral services were held for the driver who is being hailed as a hero for protecting the other students. >>> new details about that missing american woman whose body was found yesterday in turkey. sarai sierra died from a blow to the head. the 32-year-old mot
that are going to take effect, and while we may be short on time, we are not short on blame. president obama for one was busy today with no less than eight local television interviews. the president, according to the white house, telling his side of the story directly to the american people, blaming republicans in this interview with wcvb boston. >> the way this arose was back in 2011, the republicans were threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the united states. and we had to avoid that. the hope was that they would use this year and a half to come up with a sensible deficit reduction package. now, we've reduced $2.5 trillion on our deficit. we've got about $1.5 trillion more to go. there's a better way to do it than this, but the key is for them to go ahead and put forward the balanced, responsible approach that will avoid these cuts. >> he wants them to put forth the approach. john boehner, meanwhile with, is the them, sort of. he made his case directly to the people too, today, blaming the president and he wrote in a "wall street journal" op-ed, mr. president, we agree th
this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a new mountain dew drink for, dare i say, breakfast, calling it kick start. the company says it doesn't consider this an energy drink, even though, yes, it is packed with caffeine. why the new product? mountain dew says customers wanted an alternative to coffee and tea in the morning. >>> and tomorrow is ash wednesday, which means today is fat tuesday. okay, i tweeted this out. this is a colossal waste of time and can't stop watching it. you can watch this on one of the live cams. mardi gras in full swing. we have been hearing trumpets from this live web cam. this is bourbon street. it is new orleans' biggest tourist draw with more than 50 parades. mardi gras is the feast and celebration before lent, a time of fasting for catholics. >>>
of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these
you feel that president obama should use his second term to push through some of the things that he or you really believe in and how should he deal with the republicans, which has been the thornest problem he faces. >> of course, i do believe that he should move boldly on the agenda that he articulated in his inaugural address. i was very pleased that he put the climate crisis front and center, the first issue he brought up. a very bold commitment. he spent more words on that than any other issue. i was very happy about that. i think he will follow through. i think he has to follow through and there are some actions he can take that do not require congressional approval. there is a law on the books that requires the epa to regulate pollution. the supreme court has agreed with the obvious interpretation that global warming pollution is pollution. it's been applied to new coal plants and should be applied to all facilities. >> and how would you deal with the issue of the republicans? there are people who say obama is not a lyndon johnson. he doesn't know how to maneuver. >> i think th
is interesting because this comes just before president obama is going to deliver his "state of the union" message. and the north koreans, as they have done many times in the past, have managed to insert themselves into the middle of everybody else's agenda. there is no way that president obama will be able to deliver that message without having to say something substantive about north korea. it comes just four days before the birthday of the late north korean leader, kim jong il. and i am sure the propaganda machine will be an overdrive trumping this as a great success cementing the legacy and further illustrating how much his son and heir is doing a great job. and in the region, i think it is going to send all kinds of ways of anxiety. south korea, it raises questions for the incoming president who has talked about wanting to reach out to north korea appeared very unclear whether she will be able to do that now. instead likely to be forced into a much more confrontational position care japan, governed by a conservative right-wing prime minister, is searching for ways to get tougher on n
president obama's bipartisan fiscal commission back in 2010. remember the plan that got thrown under the bus. well, the new plan highlights cuts to the deficit of $2.4 trillion over the next decade. it gets there by raising $600 billion in new tax revenue, cutting $600 billion from medicare and medicaid and $1.2 trillion over ten years in additional spending cuts. diane swonk is chief economist at mesereau financial. alice rev lin was a member of the president's debt commission and is a senior fellow at the brookings institution. michael tanner is a senior fellow at the cato institute. thanks for being here. michael, you say we should not fear door number one. that is the forced budget cuts, what some people know as the skweser, as it stands, which goes into place on friday if we don't do anything. why? >> well, let's remember that first of all these are cults only in the washington sense that any reduction from future planned increases in spending is a cut. the reality is even if the sequester goes into effect, the federal government will spend more every year. by 2022 it will spend $2 tril
simpson who chaired president obama's bipartisan fiscal commission in 2010. the plan that got thrown under the bus. the new plan highlights cuts to the deficit of $2.4 trillion over the next decade. it gets there by raising $600 billion in new tax revenue. cutting $600 billion from medicare and medicaid. and $1.2 trillion over ten years, in additional spending cuts. diane swonk is the chief economist at. michael tanner is a senior fellow at the cato institute. welcome to all of you. michael, let me start with you, you say we should not fear doorm number one. the budget cuts, the sequester, why? >> well let's remember first of all, these are cuts only in the washington sense that any reduction from future planned increases in spending is a cut. the reality is, even if the sequester goes into effect, the federal government will spend more every year by 2022, it will spend $2 trillion more than it is spending today. we're talking about cuts that are 2.4% of total federal spending. if the federal government can't cut three cents out of every dollar without throwing us into the dark ages, then
. the pentagon, the obama administration actually trying to cope with that very question, christine. if you call this a war, what are the battlefield rules? if they attack us, if they try and get into u.s. banking systems, what are the rules for the u.s. to retaliate? would the u.s.? a battlefield situation try and take down another country's economic infrastructure, possibly having the impact of denying water, power, electricity to a population and a country we're at war with? these are the fundamental questions the pentagon is trying to cope with. for now, the obama administration has a new spiesh poli -- new cyberpolicy where they're trying to classify more information about the threat with u.s. business and industry so that the u.s. infrastructure has a better idea of what's going on. >> this mandate report doesn't just come out of the ether. we have had years -- barbara, you've been covering it, chris, you, too. years of reports of chinese lasers blinding satellites that are orbiting could essentially shut down the american financial system. right? we've had all kinds of reports of espionag
obama says he wants a big deal on budgets and debt. he won the battle for public opinion. he won a second term while congressional approval continues to be super low. is there something more he could be doing to end the small thinking about big problems that has become the norm in our nation's capital? >> he still wants the grand bargain he's been talking about for several years. this past week he came out and said we need another temporary fix. the term sequester is essentially a fancy word for the president and congress not doing their jobs. you laid it out pretty clearly. the president is late submitting his own budget. so he's part of the problem, too. but he does have the upper hand in the public opinion right now. but republicans are very wary. they think the president just wants more revenue and modest cuts, but he won't do the big structural things to medicare, to social security that are necessary for any part of grand bargain. we're in the game of chicken. another thing is happening, pollsters say every time we do this, consumer confidence starts to go down and consumer
's inauguration parade. hadi ya a penned elton was an innocent by stander. her paersons will be michelle obama's guests at the state of the union tonight. ted rowlands is out front on a case that's galvanized residents to action. >> hi, my name is hadiya. >> the murder of 15-year-old honor student hadiya pendleton is a case that people in chicago want solved. the high school sophomore who had just returned from performing as a majorette at the presidential inauguration was killed in this park after finishing a final exam, but getting witnesses to help make an arrest, even in a case that's gotten so much attention for almost two weeks has been difficult. >> people are rightfully concerned about their participation as witnesses in this case or in any other case that involves a murder. >> chicago police say attacks against witnesses are actually rare, but people still believe they're in danger. >> i have to live here and my family lives here, so it would be a problem with me telling. >> because what could happen? >> because they would kill people. it's that dangerous around here. >> it is dangero
-the-board spending cuts, due to kick in tomorrow. well, last night president obama told business leaders the cuts will be bad for them and will cause the economy to tumble downward. republicans have accused the president of resorting to scare tactics and politics instead of focusing on the debt and the deficit. >>> all right, we are talking, of course, about $85 billion in cuts over the next seven months. no one -- known in washington jargon as sequestration. let's bring in ali velshi. we've been hearing these dire scenarios from the obama administration. before we get to the questions, have a listen. >> the sequester will weaken america's economic recovery. it will weaken our military readiness. and it will weaken the basic services the american people depend on every single day. >> the reality is that it is going to be hard. there's going to be pain and the american people will be less safe. >> kids are going to get hurt. that's just reality. >> and this is also what the president said to business leaders last night. have a listen to this. >> this is not a cliff but it is a tumble downward. it'
house confirms that president obama is going to visit israel in the spring. during the final presidential debate you might remember it was mitt romney who criticized the president for not going to israel during a trip to the middle east, when he was candidate obama. the president was quick to fire back. >> if we are going to talk about trips that we have taken, when i was a candidate for office, first trip i took was to visit our troops. and when i went to israel, as a candidate, i didn't take donors, i didn't attend fundraisers, i went to the holocaust museum to remind myself the nature of evil and why our bond with israel will be unbreakable. >> the president visibly annoyed. the relationship between the president and israeli prime minister netanyahu has been tense at times. the trip to israel will be the president's first visit as commander in chief. >>> in tunisia angry demonstrators facing off with police after a critic of the government was shot and killed. police fired tear gas to break up the protest. the demonstrations broke out after a gunman shot -- his supporters
long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to former middle east peace negotiator, erin david miller. now, in that interview, hagel said this. "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." now, today of that comment about the "jewish lobby," hagel said categorically, i regret it. >> i've already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby.
. he was 20 years old, lived with his parents. he had no criminal record. >>> president obama ratcheting up the pressure on congress to avoid forced across the board spending cuts, cuts that kick in march 1. the president spoke as first responders looked on. >> these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an ob tracks. people will lose their jobs. the unemployment rate might tick up again. >> the president criticized republican ideas for avoiding the cuts because they ask nothing he says from the wealthiest americans or from big corporations. >>> just when you thought the government had run out of things to tax, oh, no. a houston suburb with a budget problem has started to charge a crash tax. start next month. drivers will pay up to two grand for road service depending on how bad their auto wreck is even if they don't call for help. i mean, if the county has to pay to help, you know, move those -- >> the pictures of the crashes that they were showing, horrific. a
for president obama and the administration here. president obama signing executive order last week to strengthen the nation's cyber security network. >> sandra endo, thank you. >>> another breaking news story. a daring heist happened at the brussels airport. eight masked thieves cut a hole in a security fence, drove onto the tarmac and stole diamonds from a swiss-bound airplane. it sounds like the plot from a movie. we are joined by dan rivers. walk us through what happened. was this essentially an inside job, dan? >> reporter: we don't know for sure what level of collusion there was, but we're being told they cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the airfield and simply drove on to the airfield, pulled up right alongside the plane with a huge cache of didamonds was being loaded. the figure we have is they got $60 million worth of diamonds. there may have been gold and palladium as well. there could be a huge amount of money involved here. and the sheer audacity, it is like the plot of an "oceans 11" film. the only evidence recover the so far is there say van that was found on fire near the airpo
. >> president obama is beefing up security. he invoked private sector to work with the government to prevent hacking. you look at that and say that's not going to come easy. there's time involved with that. you do this for a living. what do you think can be done right now? >> well, i think companies really need to invest in security. we deal with a lot of the fortune 100 and 1000 companies out there. it's never been easier to break into them. i can't think of a time and place where i've been stopped from breaking into an organization. i think companies really need to take security seriously and really focus on protecting the organizations and intellectual property because the government spt going to be able to do it for them. focusing on fixing high impact vulnerabilities and making sure they can protect their organizations. at the end of the day those seek res make us strong as an economy. these breaches are very, very, very common. we deal with breaches on wide scales all the time and almost always originating from the chinese government. >> pretty frightening. david mckenzie, thanks for y
in. >>> and first lady michelle obama has come up with a few new movies. right there. she's been grooving with tv host jimmy fallon dressed as a mom. they got on the floor there. grooving. showing a little sprinkler action during what's called the evolution of mom dancing. a little shake it up, too. okay. wave to the crowd. all right. let's talk racetrack. danica patrick hoping to make nascar history again. last week she became the first woman to qualify for the front spot at daytona 500 getting what's called the pole position. tomorrow she'll try to become the first woman in history to win the big race. joe carter has more on the woman everybody will be watching on the track. >> i think there's an opinion that i'm probably hard or tough or too serious maybe, but i can tell you i'm probably like the opposite of that at home. number one, i'm very girly. i like to go shopping. i like to go get pedicures. i like to wear high heels and dresses. i'm definitely a lot softer than i am at the racetrack where i'm doing my job. >> reporter: love as it turns out has no caution flags. in nov
. the detour takes drivers 50 miles off course. >> first lady michelle obama and big bird team up in getting kids healthy and active. >> we're here in the white house kitchen looking for a healthy snack to eat. >> gee, i bet you can get everything you want in this kitchen. >> you know what i like to reach for? healthy, colorful snacks like justy fruits and crunchy vegetables. >> those look good. >> it marks the third anniversary of let's move, mrs. obama's initiative to make sure kids grow up healthy and reach their full potential. >> jerry bus was so beloved. his memorial service success televised live today. before last night's case kobe bryant called him the greatest owner in sports and led fans in a moment of silence. he was 80 when he died monday. thanks for watching. newsroom international is next. >> welcome into newsroom international. i'm suzanne malveaux. >> and i'm michaelle holmes. >> we begin in south africa. oscar pistorius will not get out on bail today. his court hearing adjourned without a decision on whether to let the olympic star out of jail. so charged with murdering his
," not so friendly fire on capitol hill. a long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel. it was his senate confirmation hearing. and up with of the most contentious moments came when hagel's old friend, and former colleague, senator john mccain, asked whether the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq, which you may recall, hagel had called, in his words, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam, he asked whether that surge had ultimately been successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to fo
president obama's nominees are facingi] hurdles notice senate. jou@yq=ie1 mccain saidsa he filibuster 3kÑ the president doesn't give more information on the attacklp and orders of the night in benghazi.m/oÑiw3ñri] and =,jgvd he doesn't getbnanswers aboutt(xd the use of drones in the united states of america.e1 that's an issue we talked about last week when i asked the chairman of the house intelligence committee that very question, whether he could see a time when drowns were used against american citizens on american soil. >> i don't think we'll ever get there. i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justific!i)%ujj juár'g an air strike against an enemy, no matter their citizenship, is long standing in this country. they no longer have the benefit of u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're on foreign land fighting the bat $ju$e united states. paul of kentucky and asked him if he thinks he is wrong. >.ell, he didn't say no. what i want to hear from john brennan before i agree to let his nomination go forward, that no cia or the depa
may have seen, president obama is calling on congress to soften or sidestep or headoff the next fiscal deadline. the sequester, it doesn't mean much to human beings like us, forced spends cuts, cuts across federal agencies and departments. the fiscal cliff agreement put off the cuts until march which is just 11 days away. it is coming, medicare, medicaid, social security, troops and veterans, all that money is pretty much safe, but $85 billion will have to come out of somewhere. other programs in 2013 alone. among them, education, law enforcement, weather forecasting, food inspections, aviation safety. lines could get longer. president says there has to be a better way. >> now, if congress allows this meat claefr approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military-readiness, it will eviscerate job creating investments in energy and medical research. it won't consider whether we're cutting some bloated program that's outlived its usefulness or a vital service that americans depend on every single day, it doesn't make those dissensions. emergency responders like the ones who are here
right now. >>> "outfront" next, president obama comes out today blasting the forced spending cuts also known as the sequester, calling it a meat cleaver. so why are some people cheering? >>> plus, olympic runner oscar pistorius tells his side of the story in court today. some parts of it, pretty amazing. we'll read it to you. >>> new details emerge about how sandy hook shooter adam lanza spent his time leading up to that horrific massacre. it was an obsession with certain people overlooked. let's go "outfront." >>> at this hour, the u.s. supreme court has denied a stay of execution for warren lee hill. hill is the convicted murderer set to be executed at this very moment, 7:00 eastern standard time, by lethal injection. he was found guilty of the 1990 killing of joseph hanspike, another inmate in a georgia state prison. hill's defenders argue that his iq of 70 means he should be deemed mentally disabled. they want him declared mentally disabled because of a 2002 supreme court case which barred the execution of mentally disabled inmates. at this moment, though, looks like it's about to
and the apparent connections to the military really puts a lot of pressure on the obama administration. >> it does. >> to say something, to do something to act here. this is serious. >> when you talk about social property theft outside of hacking, companies have complained for years that the chinese government doesn't recognize their ownership of a trade mark or patent or an idea or a business model. and the u.s. government has -- in many different administrations has worked very hard with the chinese on that with little progress, i would say. this is would tell you it is little progress. so this strategic economic dialogue with the u.s. has with china, these are the types of things they talk about. >> thank you. >> new development this is morning on the bad batteries that grounded boeing's dreamliner. more business news. what experts found aboard one of the jets after emergency landing coming up. >>> and if -- if you happen to be leaving the house right now, you can watch us any time on your desktop or mobile phone. just go to cnn.com/tv. if you think running a restaurant is hard, try running fou
we can do. i will discuss that with president obama when we get back. >> reporter: what senator patrick leahy is referring to here, when he's talking about not changing their government or our government is precisely what the cue nbans said alan gross i going to do to destabilize the government here. he also told me that alan gross is not a spy and should be freed immediately, and this group was somewhat disappointed not to be able to advance that at all. from the cuban point of view, they have not reacted officially to this trip. they have said the trip took place. cuban president fidel castro met with them, from the cuban point of view, there's a number of things they would like to see, not least of all the beginning of discussion and this long five decades old u.s. economic trade sanctions against cuba. but as we heard, senator patrick leahy said, this is now in the hands of president obama. how he would take this group's recommendations once they return to washington. >> patrick, briefly, tell us about this. what some call the alan gross situation. it's been behind the scene
an interview with the first lady, michelle obama, on her agenda, and she'll be on the red carpet for the oscars this sunday. welcome back, robin. we've missed you. >>> all right, facebook founder mark zuckerberg and google co-fou co-founder are teaming up to help change the lives of 11 people today. they're set to announce a newfoundation that rewards research aimed at curing certain diseases and extending human life. the first 11 recipients will each receive $3 million. our ali velshi will talk with zuckerberg and sergey brin at 3:00 eastern time. and we have much more this hour including new developments in the jodi arias trial. the woman accused of stabbing and shooting her boyfriend to death is on the stand today. she says she does not remember stabbing him. and drivers caught in a real traffic jam becoming sitting ducks for robbers. it's all caught on tape. we'll have the story. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster
by the distinctly unsexy and misused word sequester. today, president obama said, again, something must be done. >> so these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> so there are two solutions. number one, lawmakers find another way to punt, ie delay the cuts for another month. or two come up with a major plan to slash the debt in this country. number two is not going to happen. the punt and pay, i kind of like it. that is not going to happen. number one haze decent chance but number one is a fail too. after all, the feared forced cuts are 2.5% of projected total federal spending. we have an economics professor at nyu and former director of the congressional budget office. at this point, are the cuts inevitable? why is the president still talking about it? >> well, we're ten days away and it seems like the republicans really don't want to do anything to fend off this crisis. you said sequester is an odd word. in a lot of languages, it
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